Ok all kidding aside. On September 16 the troop arrived at the New River campground, where we set up our camp right on the river. We had 16 scouts from all 3 patrols joined by 4 adults on this trip, not bad for the first trip of the year. After a nice crisp night in the tents and a light morning rain we hiked to our shuttle location (at the end of the camp) where we went through some basic canoeing skills before departing with the boats to our launch point up river.
The water level was a little lower then we would have liked it, slowing our progress down river but we were able to complete some of the canoeing merit badge requirements after our lunch on a sandbar. We were also treated with the sight of a bald eagle flying over the river as we paddled. It was a cold day but most of the scouts were prepared and stayed warm and dry for our trip.
On Sunday morning as we began to break camp we were again treated to the sight of not one but 2 bald eagles perched in the tree tops across the river from out camp and flying overhead.
The weather was not perfect, the river was not full and our trip was longer than expected but the troop worked together, we were prepared, we all had a good time and another scouting memory has been etched into our minds. –Hey remember the time we canoed down that river and saw those eagles….
Pictures of our adventure.
By: Bob Vroom